Grayscale Portrait in Illustrator
● Open a picture in Photoshop and crop it.
● Then import that file into Illustrator and create a grayscale gradient portrait using only Black and White.
✓ Direct Selection Tool ✓ Feathering ✓ Pencil Tool✓ Grayscale
• This tutorial is part of the Picture Perfect Project.
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Step #1: Open your Image in PhotoShop ~
✗ Open your image in PhotoShop (you'll be moving to Illustrator later).
Step #2: Crop Tool ~
✗ Get the Crop Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (c) …
✗ … and crop the photo as small as possible - keep only as much image as you need.
✗ Then go to: Image > Image Size and set the resolution to 72 pixels per inch.
Step #3: Grayscale ~
✗ Go to: Image > Mode > Grayscale.
Step #4: Save the file as a .psd (PhotoShop Document) ~
✗ Save your file somewhere you can find it.
Step #5: Open the Image in Illustrator ~
✓ Find your .psd, Right-Click it and open with Illustrator.
SteStep #6: Template Layer ~
✓ Now, click the drop down menu in the upper corner of the Layers Palette and select Template …
✗ Changing a layer to a "Template" layer reduces the Transparency to 50% so you can see what you're doing, turns the eye in to the template icon and locks the layer .
Step #7: New Layer ~
✓ Create a New Layer above your template layer.
Step #8: Gradient Squares ~
✓ Get the Rectangle Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (m) …
✓ … set your Fill to Black, Stroke to none …
✓ … and on the New Layer, make a perfectly shaped small black square by holding .
Step #9: Squares ~
✓ Switch to the Selection Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut (v), and copy the square 7 times by holding and dragging across the top.
Step #10: Grayscale ~
✓ Now, fill the 2nd square with a slightly lighter shade of gray …
✓ … continue until the last square is almost white.
Step #11: Trace the Darkness ~
✓ Get the Pencil Tool, or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (n) …
✓ … Zoom In on an area with high contrast by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Plus …
✓ … and draw a closed shape where you see the darkest area.
Step #12: Eye Dropper ~
✓ Get the Eyedropper Tool or hit the keyboard shortctut (i) …
✓ … and choose the black square.
Step #13: Direct Selection Tool ~
✓ Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … and use the anchors to stretch the shapes to fit your needs.
Step #14: Send to Back ~
✓ You can overlap shapes by Right-Clicking with the Selection Tool and going to: Arrange > Send to Back or hit the keyboard shortcut: Shift+Cmd(⌘)+[
Step #15: Continue ~
✓ Continue with the Pencil Tool to create shapes and match them with your 7 colors.
✓ Be detailed with your shapes if you want this technique to work.
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ Attach it even if you're not done yet!
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.